Polar Bear Swim and Challenge



Get out and active with your dad at one of our association branches. This event takes place in two parts, the first is the fitness challenge and the second is  enjoying the pool with your tribe and dad. At this event you have the opportunity to earn both an awesome patch as well as white bear claw. 

Part 1: Fitness Challenge

Before jumping in the pool with a bear (or a Dad), complete the Polar Bear Challenge for a SPECIAL PATCH! You will have 30 minutes for the challenge and 15 minutes to change and prepare for the Polar Bear Swim. Good luck! 

Part 2: Polar Bear Plunge

After the fitness challenge and taking the polar bear pledge, a safety component, enjoy the space of the pool. After your pool time bravely grab your bear claw in a bucket of bone chilling, icy water. This portion of the event will be 45 minutes.

Swim Band Information

If your child has a swim band, please make sure to bring it! If they do not have a swim band or forget to bring it with them, children will be required to wear a life vest or take the swim test during their scheduled pool time. If you would like your child to take the swim test at an earlier time, please see available times below to swim test at each branch. 

Branches and Times

Alexander YMCA: *updated February date as of 11/5/2018

January 19 & February 9

ARRIVAL TIME: 1:15, 2:15, 3:15

*Swim testing at Alexander is available Weekdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. OR 7:00-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 1:00-5:00 p.m. 

Kerr YMCA:

January 18 & February 8 *updated February date as of 11/5/2018

ARRIVAL TIME: 6:15, 7:15

*Swim testing at Kerr is available Monday-Thursdays: 10:00-11:20 a.m. OR 7:30-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 11:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. AND Sundays: 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Finley YMCA: *updated dates as of 10/31/18

February 9 & February 23

ARRIVAL TIME: 1:15, 2:15, 3:15, 4:15

*Swim testing at Finley is NOW REQUIRED. This is available Saturdays: 12:00 -6:00 p.m. AND Sundays: 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Taylor YMCA: *updated February date as of 11/5/2018

January 19 & February 9

ARRIVAL TIME: 2:15, 3:15, 4:15

*Swim testing at Taylor is available Monday/Wedensday/Friday: 7:00-9:00 p.m. AND Saturdays: 10:30-6:00 p.m. AND Sundays: 12:00-7:00 p.m.

Chapel Hill YMCA:

January 18

ARRIVAL TIME: 6:15, 7:15

*Swim testing at Chapel Hill is available Saturdays: 1:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. and Sundays: 1:15-6:45 p.m.